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  1. ISLAMABAD: A suspected US drone strike near the Pak-Afghan border killed at least six alleged terrorists on Monday. Those killed, in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, reportedly belonged to global terror group Daesh. Sources added that posts were also destroyed in the suspected drone attack and the dead included Daesh commander Dawood Mehsud's son. On March 7, another suspected US drone strike in the Afghan province of Kunar killed at least 20 suspected terrorists. The terrorists reportedly belonged to the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Among those killed was an individual responsible for training suicide attackers, Ustad Yaseen, and multiple suicide bombers. Coalition drone attacks have repeatedly targetted the regions along the Pak-Afghan border in an attempt to interdict the flow of militants and to neutralise high-value targets.
  2. Photo: Geo News file HUB: At least six passengers lost their lives in a car accident near Bela in Hub, rescue sources informed Geo News on Monday. The collision of a passenger coach and car in the Lasbela District in Balochistan left over 12 injured. According to rescue sources, the injured passengers are being shifted to the Civil Hospital. In another incident in the province, a passenger coach fell into a ditch as it attempted to avoid a collision with an approaching car. Four persons were reported dead in the accident. This is a developing story and will be updated as information is received.
  3. At least four people were left dead and over eleven injured after a bus and dumper collided on Mianwali Road in Chakwal on Monday, March 5, 2018. Photo: Geo News CHAKWAL: At least four people were left dead and over eleven injured after a bus and dumper collided on Mianwali Road in Chakwal on Monday. According to rescue sources, the bus was travelling from Dera Ghazi Khan to Rawalpindi. At least nine killed in Gujar Khan road crash: rescue sources Deceased include two minors, one woman; 29 others wounded in the incident At least nine people were killed and 29 others were wounded in a road crash in Gujar Khan on Sunday, rescue sources said. Rescue sources said a passenger bus collided with two trucks on the GT Road late Sunday. The incident occurred after one of the trucks attempted to overtake. The deceased included two minors and a woman, they said. The injured were immediately shifted to hospital, while 14 critically wounded passengers were moved to Rawalpindi, sources informed further. The deceased and injured belonged to Narowal, they added.
  4. Israeli troops. ? AFP FILE GAZA: Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian officials said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that a?suspect had approached a restricted area in the southern Gaza Strip.? Soldiers then ?fired warning shots into the air, and when the suspect failed to halt, they fired shots towards him. He then fled the area,? the spokeswoman said. Gaza?s health ministry said the man was a farmer who had been on his own land. Israel?s military restricts Palestinians inside the Hamas-controlled territory from approaching the border, where violence frequently flares up.
  5. The White House was on lockdown following an incident with a gun on the North side in Washington. -AFP WASHINGTON: An unidentified adult man was wounded along the north fence line of the White House on Saturday in what District of Columbia police said was being investigated as a self-inflicted shooting. President Donald Trump was away in Florida. There were no other injuries in the incident, police said. ?We?re investigating reports that he shot himself,? but this had not been clearly established, said a police spokeswoman. ?Our natural death squad is on the scene,? police said. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic around the White House was blocked off by police, which is routine in such incidents.
  6. Construction work underway to restore the down track between Rahim Yar Khan and Tarinda. Photo: Geo News RAHIM YAR KHAN: Pakistan Railways was unable to restore the down track between Rahim Yar Khan and Tarinda 48 hours after railway traffic was suspended due to the derailment of a freight train. According to latest reports received by Geo News, the down track is expected to be restored by Thursday afternoon. Passengers are facing difficulties as the derailment of coaches of a freight train resulted in delays between eleven to thirty-six hours for Sindh and Punjab-bound passenger trains. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique summoned an urgent meeting following the incident and announced free breakfast for all passengers suffering due to the delay. He also announced that half of the total paid fare would be recompensed to the passengers who are facing delays of twelve hours and above.
  7. WASHINGTON: The US Secret Service on Friday reported a vehicle rammed into a security barrier near the White House, and the driver has been apprehended. "An individual driving a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House at 17th & E," the Secret Service said in a statement. "The vehicle did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex." The White House was placed on lockdown and armed uniformed agents could be seen running to positions. President Donald Trump was in the building at the time, having hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. "The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers," the statement added.
  8. An ongoing dispute with her in-laws had led the latter to set the mother-of-three ablaze, according to the woman's family. Photo: Geo News KASUR: A woman's in-laws allegedly sprinkled petrol and set the woman on fire over a minor family dispute in a village in Punjab's Kasur district. According to a spokesperson of Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, the 27-year-old ? a resident of Ladheke village situated in the outskirts of Lahore near Raiwind ? has suffered burn injuries to 80 percent of her body and is in a critical condition. An ongoing dispute with her in-laws had led the latter to set the mother-of-three ablaze, according to the woman's family. The family has appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif to take notice of the case and serve justice. The Inspector General of Punjab police Captain (R) Arif Nawaz Khan took notice of the incident soon after it was reported and ordered a probe into the matter.
  9. A domestic Iranian flight crashed in the southern Isfahan province on Sunday, according to reports in the Iranian media. Aseman Airline?s Tehran-Yasuj flight crashed in southern Isfahan province after disappearing from radar and had at least 50 people on board, reports stated. The ATR crashed near the city of Semirom, according to the chief of Iran?s emergency and rescue department. Witnesses informed local media that it appeared the plane was trying to make an emergency landing on a pasture when it crashed. A search and rescue operation is under way, the Iranian media reported further. An ATR usually carries around 70 persons. This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come in.
  10. JAMPUR: Four persons were killed and three others injured when a van collided with a trailer near the Jampur by-pass on Sunday, rescue sources said. The injured were rushed to the Tehsil Hospital Jampur, Geo News reported. At least eleven people were killed, including nine women and a child, in an accident on Tando Muhammad Khan road near Husri on Monday. A dumper truck had crushed a Suzuki van carrying members of a private company that distributes ration among rural areas of Sindh.
  11. KARACHI: A foreign national was shot dead on Monday in the metropolis' Clifton locality by unknown assailants, informed local police authorities. According to the law enforcement authorities, the attackers managed to flee from the crime site near Zamzama Park and added that nine bullet cases of 9MM pistol were recovered. Police informed that a car bumped the vehicle of the foreigner from behind after which they shot at the car. Security forces confirmed that the foreigner died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. A person sitting along with the foreigner ran from the car following the firing. The authorities suspect the case to be of targeted-killing. The identity of the deceased has not been disclosed yet.
  12. File Photo KARACHI: A minor boy whose body was found here near the city's National Stadium Road was killed of asphyxiation, initial investigation reports revealed Thursday night. Police added they suspect the minor boy was sexually abused before being killed. Teacher alleged of inappropriate touching detained On the other hand, in Okara, a teacher accused of inappropriately touching a verbally and aurally challenged girl was taken into police custody. Family of girl who was raped, killed protest in Quetta The bereaved family and relatives of a girl, 13, who was raped and killed in Mastung earlier protested in Quetta here Thursday night, demanding justice for the deceased. Man held for kidnapping daughter in Bahawalnagar A man and his accomplice were detained in Bahawalnagar Thursday night for kidnapping the former's minor daughter in Haroonabad, police said. Authorities believe the father of the girl, eight, planned to kill his daughter in order to frame his rivals and file a case against them.
  13. A number of soldiers and civilians have lost their lives in IED blasts in the agency. Photo: File KURRAM AGENCY: Six people, including three women, lost their lives when a roadside bomb blew off near their car in the Maqbal area of Kurram Agency, political administration said. Another person was injured in the explosion near the Pak-Afghan border, the political administration said. A number of soldiers and civilians have lost their lives in IED blasts in the agency. Three reported dead in drone strike in Kurram Agency The strike targetted a local Taliban commander: sources Four security officials, including a captain, were martyred and three injured in an IED blast in Kharlachi, Kurram Agency, in October last year. Three officials were killed instantly while three were injured, according to the political administration of the agency.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ab422cdb258c7556b114b5456b116660.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yNC8yMDE4IDU6MDc6MjUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1hSnZCdk01eDhTcmpQRlhvVytheS9nPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] PESHAWAR: Two people were killed in a drone strike at an area situated close to the Orakzai Agency and Kurram Agency, political administration officials informed Geo News on Wednesday. The identities of the deceased have not yet been disclosed. Earlier, on January 17, as many as two suspected militants were killed in the day's second drone strike in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, Geo News reported citing sources. The latest drone attack took place in Shanqilay area of Afghanistan near the Pak-Afghan border. Hours before, at least one person was injured in a strike in Lower Kurram Agency, sources said. A missile fired from a drone landed outside a house in Badshah Kot area of the agency ? one of the seven tribal agencies in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
  15. Donald Trump/File photo WASHINGTON: The US government was on the brink of an embarrassing shutdown Friday after senators failed to bring forward a stopgap motion to temporarily fund operations from midnight. The failure of the motion means President Donald Trump enters the first anniversary of his inauguration Saturday at the head of an administration that is out of funds. Trump admitted Friday that chances were "not looking good" that 11th-hour talks in Congress would break an impasse over spending and avert a US government shutdown. Less that two-and-a-half hours before a midnight deadline to reach a short-term deal to keep the federal government running at full capacity, Trump lashed out at Democrats. "Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border," he tweeted, citing some of the government projects and agencies that will find themselves unfunded. "Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy," he alleged. Earlier, after meeting top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, Trump had sounded more upbeat, saying they were "working on solutions" with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. But Schumer admitted a "good number of disagreements" remain between the two sides, despite a "long and detailed meeting" at which they discussed "all of the major outstanding issues." "The discussions will continue," the New York Democrat told reporters. The president shelved plans to fly to Florida to celebrate at his Mar-a-Lago estate the first anniversary of his inauguration -- which falls on Saturday -- to remain in Washington to ride out the storm. Political risks With mid-term congressional elections looming later this year, Republicans risk being blamed by voters if the government stops functioning over lack of funds. A new Washington Post/ABC poll found that 48 percent of Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for a potential shutdown, and only 28 percent hold Democrats responsible. There have been four government shutdowns since 1990. In the last one in 2013, more than 800,000 government workers were put on temporary leave. Essential functions like the military, law enforcement, the White House and Congress would continue working but with reduced staff. Some agencies would shut altogether. But others in the massive bureaucracy will be sent home without pay. International ratings agency Fitch said a partial shutdown was unlikely to affect America´s AAA/stable rating for US sovereign debt. Wall Street seemed unconcerned so far, with the S&P and Nasdaq closing at new records.
  16. Photo: File KASUR: Police on Thursday arrested yet another suspect in the Zainab murder and rape case who was residing near the spot from where the minor's body was found. According to police sources, Zainab?s body was found at a distance from the arrested suspect Ranjha?s house. Ranjha was arrested on the information received from another suspect, Umar, who was arrested earlier in the Bhatta Chowk area of Lahore. Sources said Umar?s polygraph test has been taken but the report has not been received yet. It has been nearly two weeks since the body of Zainab was found in a garbage heap in Kasur, but no significant development has taken place in the investigation. Police have arrested more than 15 suspects, while search operations are also being carried out on a daily basis, sources said. Moreover, DNA tests of 449 people have been taken so far. On January 16, a Supreme Court bench expressed displeasure over the lack of progress by the Punjab government and police on the case of Zainab?s rape and murder. During proceedings, Punjab additional inspector general (AIG) and advocate general (AG) appeared before the court. Addressing the officials, the chief justice had remarked that no significant progress in the case was visible so far. Man resembling Zainab rape-murder suspect held in Lahore The suspect has been handed over to the Kasur police for his DNA test The entire nation is aggrieved by the incident. What has been done in the case so far?" the chief justice had enquired. To this, the AIG had said that investigations were underway, whereas the AG had informed the bench that around 1,100 suspects had been questioned in the case. ?If the issue isn?t solved then it?ll be a failure of the government and police,? the chief justice observed, adding that the same mistakes are made in every case after which suspects are exonerated due to shoddy investigations. Zainab, 7, was kidnapped on January 4 from near her aunt?s house in Kasur. Her body was discovered five days later from a garbage pile. The post-mortem report revealed that Zainab had been raped and murdered. Moreover, the authorities have informed that the suspect's mobile phone location shows he was in Kasur. The suspect has been handed over to Kasur police for his DNA test.
  17. PARACHINAR: Two suspected militants were killed in the day's second drone strike, this time in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Wednesday, Geo News reported citing sources. The latest drone attack took place in Shanqilay area of Afghanistan near the Pak-Afghan border. Earlier today, at least one person was injured in a drone strike in Lower Kurram Agency, sources said. A missile fired from a drone landed outside a house in Badshah Kot area of the agency ? one of the seven tribal agencies in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In December last year, at least two people were reported killed in a drone attack near Pak-Afghan border. In November, three people were reported dead in a drone strike targetting a Taliban commander near the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency. In October, at least 31 people were killed in three drone strikes targetting areas near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan over a span of 24 hours. At least 12 others were reported injured in the multiple drone attacks.
  18. BEIRUT: Syria?s army has broken the siege of an army base encircled by opposition forces on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, state-run al-Ikhbariya TV and a war monitor reported on Sunday. Last Sunday, rebels, mainly belonging to the Ahrar al Sham faction, widened their control of parts of the Military Vehicles Administration base in the Eastern Ghouta town of Harasta. Army elite forces, backed by Russian jets, launched an offensive to break the siege and liberate at least 200 troops who were believed to be trapped within its sprawling, heavily defended grounds. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Syrian forces have ?opened a loophole? that led them into the base. Rebel fighters had stormed the base last November in a drive to relieve pressure on Eastern Ghouta?s towns and villages. The base has long been used to strike at the densely populated Eastern Ghouta in an attempt to force the rebel enclave into submission. More than 300,000 people there have lived under siege by army troops since 2013.
  19. Rebel fighters hold up their rifles as they walk in front of a bushfire in a rebel-controlled territory in Upper Nile State, South Sudan February 13, 2014. REUTERS/ file photo JUBA: Clashes have broken out near South Sudan?s capital Juba between government troops and rebels, officials said on Friday, the latest violation of a ceasefire signed last month. The deal reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the government of President Salva Kiir and a myriad of opposition groups had aimed to end a four-year-old war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed. But several violations have since taken place, for which all sides have been blamed. On Friday, the army?s spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said several people were killed after rebel troops attempted to seize a military outpost west of Juba held by Kiir?s Sudan People?s Liberation Army. ?At about 10:30 p.m. last night, bandits under the direct command of Lieutenant Colonel Chan Garang attacked the SPLA?s position at the north of Kapur,? he told a news conference, referring to a high-ranking officer who defected from the government last year. Koang did not give details on how many had died, but said fighting was going on. Rebels under former vice president Riek Machar, whose sacking in mid-2013 amid a power struggle triggered the civil war months later, denied the charges. ?That was not us, we never attack Juba,? said Lam Paul Gabriel, the group?s deputy spokesperson. ?It is government propaganda (meant) to accuse us of violations.? The conflict in the world?s youngest country has been fought largely along ethnic lines, pitting forces loyal to Kiir - an ethnic Dinka - and Machar, who is Nuer. The war has forced a third of South Sudan?s 12 million-strong population to flee their homes. The ceasefire is intended to revive a 2015 peace deal that collapsed in 2016 after heavy fighting erupted in Juba, with talks on a new power-sharing arrangement and a new date for polls scheduled to follow. It is also designed to allow humanitarian groups access to civilians caught in the fighting. Neighboring countries who brokered that agreement have warned the warring sides that they would back punitive measures if violations persisted. The United States, Britain and Norway, who form a group that supported a 2005 accord that led to South Sudan?s independence from Sudan, have also threatened to impose individual or group sanctions for those violating the ceasefire.
  20. RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the kingdom's south near the border with Yemen, state media reported, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack. The Houthi rebels, locked in a war against Yemen's Saudi-backed government, said they had fired a missile at the kingdom's southwestern province of Najran in a statement tweeted by their Al-Masirah television channel. Saudi air defences intercepted the ballistic missile over Najran, according to the kingdom's state-owned Al Ekhbariya news channel. A spokesman for the Saudi-led military alliance fighting the Houthis in Yemen did not immediately respond to a request for further details. Saudi Arabia, which has been targeted by multiple rocket attacks in recent weeks, has blamed its regional rival Iran for arming the Houthis in the Yemen war. The kingdom denounced the threat of "Iranian-manufactured ballistic weapons" after it intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen over Riyadh in December. No casualties have been reported in the attacks. The Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi's government in March 2015, after the Huthis took over the capital Sanaa and much of the rest of the country. But despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north. More than 8,750 people have been killed since the coalition intervened, according to the World Health Organization.
  21. Russian military jets flying from Syria are seen shortly before landing on the runway of an airbase in Buturlinovka in Voronezh region, Russia- Reuters/file photo AMMAN: At least 30 civilians were killed early on Thursday when jets dropped bombs on a residential area in a besieged rebel enclave east of Syria?s capital, a war monitor said, identifying the planes as Russian. At least four bombs flattened two buildings in the Eastern Ghouta town of Misraba, in an attack that killed around 20 and wounded more than 40 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and civil defense sources said. Elsewhere in Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel enclave near Damascus, at least ten people were killed in aerial strikes in other nearby towns, the Observatory, rescuers and residents said. The Observatory, a war monitor based in Britain, said 11 women and a child were among the dead in the strikes in Misraba, which it said were carried out by Russian planes. Backed by Russian strikes, government forces have escalated military operations against Eastern Ghouta in recent months, seeking to tighten a siege that residents and aid workers say is a deliberate use of starvation as a weapon of war, a charge the government denies. Russia rejects Syrian opposition and rights groups? accusations that its jets have been responsible for deaths of thousands of civilians since its major intervention two years ago that turned the tide in the country?s nearly seven-year-old war in favor of President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow says it only attacks hardline militants. Video footage posted on Thursday by activists on social media in Eastern Ghouta showed rescue workers pulling women and children from rubble. The footage could not be independently confirmed. Jets also pounded Harasta, on the western edge of the enclave, where rebels this week besieged and overran a major military base which residents say the army uses to pound residential areas. The rebel assault aimed partly to relieve the pressure of the tightening siege. The United Nations says about 400,000 civilians besieged in the area face ?complete catastrophe? because aid deliveries by the government are blocked and hundreds of people who need urgent medical evacuation have not been allowed outside the enclave. Scores of hospitals and civil defense centers in Ghouta and across Syria have been bombed during the conflict in what the opposition said is a ?scorched earth policy? to paralyze life in rebel-held areas. Syrian state news agency SANA said on Thursday rebel shelling of the government-held capital Damascus killed one and injured 22 in the Amara district of the city. Idlib push Supported by Iran-backed militias and intensive Russian bombing, the Syrian army has since last month waged a new campaign to push into the heart of another rebel-held part of Syria, Idlib province in the country?s northwest. Idlib is a heavily populated area where over two million people live. Rescue workers said there had been a spike in civilian casualties there in the last twenty days from stepped-up aerial strikes on residential areas, documenting 50 dead at least in that period. ?There have been at least six major massacres perpetrated by Russia in indiscriminate bombing of cities and towns with thousands fleeing their homes in the last two weeks,? said Mustafa al Haj Yousef, the head of Idlib?s Civil Defence, rescuers who work in opposition-held areas. On Wednesday air strikes hit a maternity hospital in Idlib?s Ma?arat al-Nu?man city, killing five people, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) charity, which supports the hospital, said. The hospital, which SAMS said delivers around 30 babies a day, had been struck three times in four days and the last strikes temporarily put the hospital out of service. Overnight, a family of seven was buried under rubble in Tel Dukan village, rescuers said. The army has been gaining ground in Idlib and the adjoining eastern Hama countryside, with scores of villages seized from rebels mainly belonging to Tahrir al Sham, a coalition of jihadist groups with mainstream Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions also engaged in the battles.
  22. File Photo KARACHI: Five alleged terrorists were detained Friday night here near the Super Highway following a raid conducted by the law enforcement agencies (LEAs), Rao Anwar ? the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for Malir ? said. Two terrorists, however, managed to escape arrest and fled, Anwar said. The police officer explained the detained suspects ? who belong to banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi ? were involved in sectarian target killings. Pistols and motorcycles were recovered from the arrested terrorists, Anwar added.
  23. A general view of the Amuay refinery complex ? which belongs to the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA ? in Punto Fijo, Venezuela, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files NEW YORK: Oil prices dipped on Thursday but stayed close to their highest in 2-1/2 years, as data showed strong demand for crude imports in China and on increased refining activity in the United States that drew more crude from inventories. Trading was typically thin at year end, with many traders on vacation. The US Energy Department said crude stocks fell 4.6 million barrels in the latest week. Inventories excluding the nation?s strategic reserve have declined more than 11 percent in the last year. US refining runs increased, pushing overall capacity use among the nation?s refiners to 95.7 percent ? the highest in December dating to 1998 ? according to the US Energy Department. Refiners have profited in recent months as the spread widened between US crude and Brent futures prices. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slipped 13 cents to $59.51 a barrel as of 11:35 AM EST (1635 GMT), a day after briefly touching $60 a barrel. Brent crude futures fell 11 cents to $66.33 a barrel. This week, WTI broke through $60 a barrel for the first time since June 2015, while Brent breached $67 for the first time since May 2015. A Reuters monthly poll showed analysts expect Brent crude to stay close to $60 in 2018. Oil markets have tightened after a year of production cuts led by Middle East-dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia. OPEC cuts kicked off last January and are scheduled to continue throughout 2018. Countering those cutbacks, US oil production has soared more than 16 percent since mid-2016 and is approaching 10 million BPD, trailing only OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and Russia. In the most recent week, US production dipped modestly to 9.75 million BPD from 9.79 million BPD the previous week. In early trade, prices were supported by China?s release of strong import quotas for 2018. China?s crude inventories in November hit a seven-year low of 26.15 million tonnes, Xinhua data showed. Pipeline outages in Libya and the North Sea have also supported prices. Libyan oil supplies were disrupted by an attack on a pipeline this week and the flows towards the port of Es Sider were reduced by about 70,000 BPD on Thursday. In the North Sea, the 450,000 BPD capacity Forties pipeline system was shut this month after a crack was found. Both pipelines are expected to return to normal operations over the new year or in early January.
  24. Crisscrossed by several major geological fault lines, Iran is one of the world's most quake-prone countries. Photo: Getty Images/file DUBAI: One person died of a heart attack and at least 56 people were slightly hurt when an earthquake of 4.2 magnitude shook an area 50 km (31 miles) west of the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, the state news agency IRNA reported. Most of the injured were hurt while trying to run out of buildings and were released from the hospital after treatment, IRNA quoted the country?s Emergency Medical Services as saying. The quake is an aftershock of a 5.2 magnitude quake on Dec. 20 that killed two people. It was also felt in Tehran where many residents spent the night outside in cars, or in sports facilities and other buildings turned into rescue centres, local news agencies said. Crisscrossed by several major geological fault lines, Iran is one of the world?s most quake-prone countries. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.
  25. HMS St Albans monitors Russian warship as they pass close to UK territorial waters. ? Reuters LONDON: A British ship escorted a Russian vessel as it passed near UK territorial waters over Christmas, Britain?s defense ministry said on Tuesday, adding that Russian naval activity near Britain had increased in the holiday period. The frigate HMS St Albans departed on Dec 23 to track the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it moved through the North Sea. The Royal Navy vessel monitored the Russian ship over Christmas and will return to dock in Portsmouth later on Tuesday. UK defense minister Gavin Williamson said in a statement after the incident that he would ?not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any form of aggression?. Relations between Britain and Russia are strained, and UK foreign minister Boris Johnson said there was ?abundant evidence? of Moscow meddling in foreign elections during a trip to Russia last week. His counterpart Sergei Lavrov said there was no proof for Johnson?s claim. While Johnson said he wants to normalise relations with Russia, Moscow blames London for the poor state of relations between the countries. Britain?s defense ministry said another ship, HMS Tyne, was called to escort a Russian intelligence-gathering ship through the North Sea and the English Channel on Christmas Eve. A helicopter was subsequently dispatched to monitor two other Russian vessels.